Affordable Transportation

Affordable Transportation
Affordable Transportation

Bicycles are a common mode of transportation in Tanzania.   Motorcycles and cars are common in big cities, but are impractical and too expensive in the rural areas.

I found this bike parked behind one of the buildings at the Hai Vocational School.  I suspect it was owned by one of the instructors, as the students could barely afford the tuition, let alone the luxury of a bicycle.  The condition of this bike was typical of all the bikes I saw in Tanzania; i.e. serviceable, but “fully depreciated”.

Notice the door jamb’s severely bowed right side.  I found this ironic, since the vocational school taught carpentry, masonry, electric wiring, welding and other common trades.   Everything I was shown was made by the students and very well done.  I hope this doorway was not constructed by one of the schools’ alumni.

Thought for the Day:  Any job worth doing is worth doing well.                                                                                                                                                     Idiom

 

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